Posts Tagged ‘problems’

Watson is Heading to Africa to Address Pressing Problems


BBC News reports, “The vast brainpower of IBM’s supercomputer Watson is to be utilised in Africa to attempt to solve some of the continent’s most pressing problems. Better agriculture, education and health are just three of the improvements the system could bring, said the firm. Watson uses artificial intelligence to analyse huge amounts of data and can also understand human language. Experts said such a system could help the African economy ‘leapfrog’ others. The project dubbed, Lucy, after the earliest known human ancestor fossil which was found in east Africa, will cost $100m (£61m) and take 10 years to complete.” Read more

The Big BI Problems Created by Big Data

Doron Aspitz of Wired reports, “Developed before the rise of Big Data, Business Intelligence, or BI, was developed to change raw data into useful information. BI worked great for a time. Then the size and complexity of available data started to grow rapidly. More data led to an increase in reports, which forced people with domain expertise to manually analyze the reports. Today, BI is widely deployed. Unfortunately, it is actually used by only a small fraction of the people in a business with access to BI systems. Forrester Research estimates ‘the fraction of total employees that use BI applications between 5 and 9%.’ People don’t like to read stacks of reports. Big Data broke BI. Can we fix things by improving the network, processing, and storage systems to make the data machines run faster? Unfortunately, we can’t.” Read more

The Possibilities and Limitations of Sentiment Analysis

A recent interview with Matthew Russell, co-founder and Principal of Zaffra discusses the limitations and possible applications of sentiment analysis. Russell states, “Think of sentiment analysis as “opinion mining,” where the objective is to classify an opinion according to a polar spectrum. The extremes on the spectrum usually correspond to positive or negative feelings about something, such as a product, brand, or person.” Read more